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Photolithography Engineer (MESA SiFab) (Experienced)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689867

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$101,400 - $201,400 *Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate¿s experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you an engineer eager to learn about and grow your career in semiconductor processing techniques? If so, we have a great opportunity for an experienced R&D Electronics/Semiconductor Process Engineer to join our innovative CMOS fabrication team in the MESAFAB group, where you will solve complex problems alongside world renown professionals in many fields.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Develop and integrate new micro-electronics processes for unique R&D and production technologies.

  • Select and develop material and equipment configuration for the process to meet quality, yield, reliability, cost, productivity and manufacturability requirements.

  • Make sound recommendations about process tools, capability and technology needed for critical National Security projects.

  • Support and sustain semiconductor manufacturing tools and processes that enable low-volume production and R&D for multiple customers.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Optics, Chemistry or relevant STEM field, plus five (5) or more years’ experience or;

  • equivalent combination of education and semiconductor experience (Master’s +1 yr. experience or 13 yrs. exempt level experience)

  • Background and experience in one or more of the follwoing as a semiconductor photolithography scanner/stepper equipment engineer, including:

  • Experience on any of the following lithography toolsets; ASML, Nikon, Canon

  • Understanding of overlay/registration, tool optics, critical dimensions and focus control and their roles within photolithography

  • Understanding of Statistical Process Control in relation to lithography toolsets as well as process characterizations/qualifications

  • Experience performing preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of tools and processes.

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE Q clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Knowledge of design of experiments, SPC, and semiconductor physics

  • Experience with programming for data analysis

  • Track record for driving process improvements as well as within toolset matching

  • Understanding of and experience with photolithography metrology support tools, CDSEM, overlay and wafer inspection tools, needed to maintain photolithography scanners/steppers

  • Working understanding of photolithography track tools

  • Understanding of various light sources used for semiconductor photolithography toolsets

  • Microelectronics/Semiconductor manufacturing experience within photolithography for both research and development and production environments, which be from manufacturing for various logic, flash process, or MEMS work.

  • Excellent interpersonal and teaming skills to develop positive relationships

  • Handle equipment support contracts and coordinate the work of vendor equipment support personnel.

  • Ability to present data concisely

About Our Team:

MESA Microfabrication develops and maintains core semiconductor processing capabilities that enable our customers to build differentiating Microsystems products. Two unique facilities are co-located within the 64,900 square foot MESAfab complex including:

  1. An 11,900 square foot Class 1 Silicon Fab for 8-inch silicon wafer processing and2. A 14,900 square foot Class 10/Class 100 MicroFab for compound semiconductor processing and silicon wafer post-processing.

The MicroFab maintains expertise in compound semiconductor processing and heterogeneous integration. All of the MicroFab equipment (180 tools) are maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff. We are capable of producing highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities. The Silicon Fab has processing expertise in CMOS, MEMS, Silicon Photonics, and Ion Trap technologies. Over 150 tools are maintained, supported, and operated 24 hours per day, 5 days a week (3 shifts). Critical infrastructure and safety systems, enabling fab operations, are maintained, and sustained by an integrated team of domain specialists with specialization in semiconductor equipment and emergency response.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 689867

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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